8:30 am Meeting at the ship (please note the start time of the tour is given approximately and will be adjusted depending on your ship’s arrival time)
8:30 am – 10:00 am City tour with a visit to the Grand Synagogue. See St. Petersburg most famous landmarks including: Nevsky Prospekt, St Isaac’s Cathedral, National Library, Kazan Cathedral, State St Petersburg University, Neva river, Menshikov Palace, Sphinx at the Academy of Fine Arts, Bronze Horseman, English Embankment. Shopping, payment for the tour. Visit of the Grand Choral Synagogue (closed on Saturdays).
10:00 am – 12:15 pm Inside guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum (early admission)*. In order to minimize the flow of tourists inside the museum, the Hermitage authorities reserve the right to adjust the entrance time slot.
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm A visit to the Jewish community center (either MAOR or ESOD)
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Continuation of the city tour
6:00 pm Return to the ship
The order of museum visits and the time spent at each venue may vary depending on ticket availability, museums’ days-off, and the traffic situation in the city.
According to the Russian legislation a licensed tour operator has the right to arrange visa-free tours for cruise passengers arriving to St. Petersburg port. TJ Travel is an officially registered tour operator authorized to issue blanket visas. You will receive your free blanket visas (tour tickets) through email once you book a shore excursion with us. Please ignore warnings from your cruise ship company indicating that only a cruise ship company is allowed to run visa-free tours in St. Petersburg. Warnings/notifications of that kind don’t have any legitimate basis.
Please note you must print your blanket visas received via email from TJ Travel and bring it along with your passports each day of your tour. Blanket visas and your passports should be presented to an immigration officer on duty during disembarkation/embarkation in St. Petersburg.
All private tours require a 50% prepayment at the time of reservation. This amount is non-refundable if you cancel your reservation less than 72 hours prior to the tour starting time.
If you or any other member of your party decides to cancel your confirmed booking you must notify us in writing. All payments are fully refundable 72 hours prior to the date of your tour; payments are non-refundable within 72 hours prior to the date of your tour. In case of no-show, no refund is granted.
Not available on Mondays and last Friday of the month (The Hermitage is closed on Mondays, the Russian Museum of Ethnography is closed on Mondays and last Friday of the month).
The Grand Choral Synagogue is closed on Saturdays.
Please ensure to make your booking at least 4-5 days prior to your ship's arrival to St. Petersburg. The port authorities require all passport information in advance, and the bookings sent in less than 4 days prior to arrival will be rejected.
Please note that in case the Hermitage museums is overcrowded, museum authorities may limit the entrance which cause an extra waiting time – up to 30 min.
Children (7 - 17 y.o.)/students get 15 USD off the tour price. Students must have an ISIC card, otherwise the discount is not available.